COVID-19 information for self-employed people and independent contractors
The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program provides weekly benefit payments for those who are not eligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits in Minnesota or any other state.
If you are self-employed or an independent contractor, make sure to follow our special step-by-step instructions on how to apply if you are self-employed. This will ensure we can review your eligibility for PUA benefits as quickly as possible.
Update on recent stimulus legislation
Under the original text of the CARES Act, PUA benefits were available for a maximum of 39 weeks and set to expire on December 26, 2020.
Congress has extended the PUA program several times since then. PUA benefits are now available through early September 2021.
If you are already receiving PUA, we have already updated your account to reflect the PUA extension. Keep requesting payment each week you are unemployed
Please note that recent legislation included some new PUA eligibility requirements. This means we may need to ask you for more information periodically. Please check your email and your online account regularly for updates.